DEFIANCE – The Defiance College president Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of Rudy Yovich to the position of athletic director. He succeeds Jenni Morrison who left in July for a position at California University of Pennsylvania.
Yovich has been the director of athletics at Owens Community College in Toledo since 2011 and was assistant director of athletics at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne from 2003 to 2011.
“We are very pleased to be able to have someone with Rudy’s experience, knowledge, and energy join our DC family as athletic director,” Gordon said in a news release. “Jenni Morrison did a great job in this position over the past four years, and I am confident Rudy will be able to build on that foundation and lead DC athletics to even greater success.”
While at Owens, Yovich led an athletic department in which student-athletes improved both academically and athletically. During the 2012-13 season, student-athletes qualified for a record four national championships with every program qualifying for a regional tournament. The school had five All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans, and two All-American Academic Teams, first-ever in school history. The school finished that academic year ranked 23rd nationally out of 401 schools in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Learfield Director’s Cup standings, the school’s highest finish ever.